The New York Crimes by Kristen Felcetti

Contact Us

Download episodes of The New York Crimes, July 2012
Now in its fourth episode at the time of writing, The New York Crimes focuses on two brothers, Albert Wren (Rob Daurio) and his brother Wallace (Mack Gelber), both of them twentysomethings who have recently graduated from Ivy League colleges, with very little aim in life other than to exist. Wallace is tired of living in New York and wants to move back to Westchester; Albert believes he is capable of looking after himself, but actually cannot live without his brother. They are both victims of a tragic mishap: a year ago their parents had been killed in a tragic accident, victims of a drunk driver who escaped with a broken limb and a light sentence.
Into their lives steps Norman (Lew Gardner), an ageing writer who hires them to work for his underground detective agency comprised mostly of aimless twentysomethings just like the two brothers. The two of them undergo training programmes in acting, so as to seem inconspicuous in a variety of seedy New York surroundings; and subsequently embark on a series of adventures encountering various types of lowlife characters. The main interest in the drama arises from clashes of class and outlook; the two brothers would like to be identified as lowlife detectives, in the Philip Marlowe and/or Sam Spade mould, but their privileged education keeps getting in the way.
Liberally laced with sound effects conjuring up a world of sleazy bars, darkened streets, smoke-filled rooms - even though most of them are non-smoking - The New York Crimes recalls the city of the late 1940s and early 1950s, a world most aptly summed up in Jules Dassin's groundbreaking film The Naked City (1948). Although setting her action in the contemporary era, writer Felcetti illustrates the continuities between past and present: smoky bars such as The Big Sleep still exist, recalling the city in the pre-Guiliani and/or Bloomberg eras, when it was positively dangerous to enter particular areas at night.
Tautly written and expertly performed by a cast of over twenty actors, The New York Crimes is well worth listening to - preferably by listening to all four episodes straight after another, if time permits.